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Exquisite Jewelry Selections For Holiday Gift Giving

Jewelry is our top-selling item every holiday season. Everyone loves a new pair of earrings, or a particularly special necklace. This week, we’d like to show you exquisite jewelry selections for holiday gift giving…or receiving!

Exquisite Jewelry Selections – Fine Jewelry

exquisite jewelry selections like this swiss blue topaz set from Bill Booze
Swiss Blue Topaz set from Bill Booze

This stunningly vivid turquoise blue known as “Swiss Blue” topaz comes from our favorite faceter, Bill Booze. The necklace features a 10 carat AAA-grade gem mounted in sterling silver. The earrings are about 8 carats total weight, also mounted in sterling silver with leverback ear wires. Bill’s 30+ years of faceting expertise bring out the maximum color and sparkle in these stones. You will share moments of beauty with complete strangers due to the brilliant beauty of these stones. The necklace is $600, and earrings are $400. One of a kind, of course. This is a gift you’ll treasure the rest of your life.

exquisite jewelry selections like this monarch opal necklace and earring set by Elyse Clark
Monarch opal pendant and earrings

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A photo can’t capture the amazing fire in these monarch opals. You’ll have to stop by to see them in person to see for yourself. I only saw them in photos, but saw the many comments customers made about the opals, so I decided to go for it to see for myself. When I opened the package Monday afternoon, I was blown away. These are simply stunningly gorgeous, and set in a wonderful artistic style by New York’s Elyse Clark. Necklace is $198, earrings are $89. Set in sterling silver.

Exquisite Jewelry Selections – by Manya Vee

exquisite jewelry selections like this one-of-a-kind labradorite set by Manya Vee
Labradorite and Apatite set by Manya Vee



Somehow, I squeezed in some time to create this lovely two-strand necklace and earring set in time for December. I’ve been dreaming about it for about six months, and now it comes to life just for you. I was inspired by the smooth teardrop labradorite pendant that shimmers in shades of blue-green-gray to tease your eyes. I paired it with teal apatite, pyrite and more labradorite along with some sterling silver beads and chain. The short piece is 20″ long while the longer length is about 23″ making it the perfect length to wear with just about everything. I had to make coordinating earrings too, of course. $198 for the set.

Exquisite Jewelry Selections – Sweet Bows

exquisite jewelry selections like these sweet bows by Shari Both Jewelry
Sweet hand-wrought bows in gold-fill and sterling

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For those of you who like things simple and sweet, take your pick between a gold-fill or sterling hand-wrought bow by Shari Both Jewelry Design. Starting with round wire, Shari forms the shape of the bow, then hammers it to provide strength and resilience. Life’s blows make us sweet and strong – that’s how I think of it. For some reason, that rings particularly true these days. Be feminine. Be strong. Be you. $88 for gold-fill. $82 for sterling. Visit Shari’s special page for more of her wonderful jewelry.

Exquisite Jewelry Selections – Architectural Style

exquisite jewelry selections like this architecturally inspired set by Christophe Poly
Architecturally inspired jewelry

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You just never know where your path in life will lead you. For Christophe Poly, his studies in architecture led to small scale sculpture in jewelry! Christophe is our top-selling jewelry artist at MaJe Gallery for his simple, sophisticated, affordable jewelry. This set shown here is among the latest arrivals. In brushed bronze with a cat’s eye stone, it is sure to garner compliments for whomever wears it! Lots more necklaces, earrings, bracelets and rings price $34 – $58.

HOLIDAY HOURS

Wondering when you’ll find us open these next few weeks? Well wonder no more! Here’s the skinny…

Open SEVEN days a week!

Monday – Saturday: 11 – 5
Sunday: noon – 4
Thursday and Friday, 12/21 and 12/22: open late until 7pm
Saturday 12/23: 11 – 5
Sunday, Christmas Eve: 11 – 3

CLOSED Christmas Day and Boxing Day (12/26)

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Thanks very much!

Manya Vee

What’s so great about London Blue Topaz over Sapphire?

I’m going to tell you what I love about London Blue Topaz, but I have to reveal my secret first.

I have this perverse goal of refusing to dress like everyone else. If I see 20 of the same item on the rack, even if it’s what I came in to buy, I don’t want it anymore. Why not? Well obviously, because 20 other people will have it too. 20 on a rack means there are 20 on racks in other stores everywhere. That adds up!

The same thing goes for jewelry. I started making jewelry in my teens. I started buying unique jewelry then too. I still have an amethyst ring I got from a silversmith with babysitting money burning a hole in my pocket. I think I was 15 or so.

You know and I know that the “top” stones are diamond, followed by ruby, emerald and sapphire. Well, that may be true, but you know what else that means? Everyone, and I mean everyone has them, or at least one, in their jewelry box. Booooring.

So, this being September, with sapphire as the birthstone, I want to offer an alternative to my like-minded pals – namely – you! And what do I offer now? London Blue Topaz! But not just any London Blue Topaz, oh no. It’s gotta be special, right? And unique, of course.

The Master Faceter

Enter Bill Booze. For over thirty years, Bill has been honing an unusual skill: faceting. It’s so unusual that when I tell you about it in the store, you have to think for a minute. Everyone knows what facets are on a stone. Well, someone had to put them there, right? Nature sure didn’t. That’s what Bill does. He puts all the facets on the gemstones – top, sides, bottom.

But it actually starts a little before that, when he selects the rough stones to facet. His practiced eye can spot a stone of excellent quality even in the rough! His faceting technique is recognized immediately by gemologists, who are very familiar with the same old faceting styles most commonly used. They are always impressed with the quality.

And you, when you look at his gems at MaJe Gallery, you are always dazzled because of how sparkly and beautiful his work is. Bill’s jewelry is so very special because of his years of mastery as well as his love of colored gemstones (i.e. NOT the usual suspects).

What’s So Cool About London Blue Topaz Anyway?

For me, the answer to that question is because it is such a gorgeous teal blue color. Teal happens to be one of the most popular colors among you, my dear customers, in terms of both clothing and jewelry. Why do you suppose that is? Because it looks good on nearly all skin types, that’s why. I think it is a prettier shade of blue that sapphires.

Another reason it’s so cool is that it is easier on your wallet than sapphires. Sure, you can get cheap sapphires just like you can get cheap diamonds. That doesn’t make them of good quality. Top quality London Blue Topaz is more affordable than even mid-quality sapphire.

It’s a nice, hard stone too, with a Mohs hardness rating of 8. That’s important because it means it will stand the test of time.

Finally, London Blue Topaz is a magical mix of nature and nurture. Natural topaz is white, or clear. To get the lovely shades of blue, it is irradiated to achieve a permanent color enhancement. Now you can enjoy this intense color in AA and AAA grade stones, faceted by the master Bill Booze, and set in simple, elegant settings of sterling silver of 14k yellow gold.

I want to show you three rings and three pendants from our current collection. Obviously, they are all one of a kind, so supply is limited to what’s on hand.

Let’s look at some new rings first. Keep in mind that we can re-size any of these rings to fit YOUR finger.

Mesmerizing London Blue Topaz Rings

Mesmerizing London Blue Topaz faceted by Bill Booze is the best.
7.3 carat LBT in a sterling split band

Set in sterling silver, this large 7.3 carat stone is stunning because of its size and sparkle. Bill Booze learned long ago how to include additional facets on the underside of each gem in order to let you dazzle yourself with the sparkle.  Let us size it to fit you! $425.

Mesmerizing London Blue Topaz faceted by Bill Booze is the best.
For you wide band gals

I know some of you like a wide ring band because it makes a bigger statement. This 5.1 carat London Blue Topaz is for you. The rich teal hue of this new stone is very lovely. There’s only one like it. Let us make it your size! $500.

Mesmerizing London Blue Topaz faceted by Bill Booze is the best.
AAA grade stone in 14k gold

Let’s end with the ring section with the most spectacular stone. It’s a AAA grade stone because of the clarity and depth of color. Set in 14k yellow gold because it’s so precious, you’ll mesmerize yourself as you gaze at it throughout the day. Let us make it your size! Next time you visit, just take a look at it to enjoy the beauty of this unique gem. $875.

Mesmerizing London Blue Pendants

Since some of you prefer a pendant over a ring, we now have three beauties to show you.

Mesmerizing London Blue Topaz faceted by Bill Booze is the best.
Faceted oval London Blue Topaz pendant

The vast majority of faceted stones are round, but this one is oval, hence keeping elegant simplicity a key design element while capturing a unique distinction. Weighing in at 4 carats, the size is small but not too small to avoid notice. $400. 18″ sterling snake chain included.

Mesmerizing London Blue Topaz faceted by Bill Booze is the best.
Faceted London Blue Topaz pendant on curved setting

This unique yet simple setting features a smaller London Blue Topaz that weighs in at 3.2 carats. While it has a round faceted stone, the setting is rather unusual because it is on a curved sterling arc. It’s very sweet. $400. 18″ sterling snake chain included.

Mesmerizing London Blue Topaz faceted by Bill Booze is the best.
Another unusual setting for a London Blue Topaz pendant

Need a bit more punch? Check out this 5 carat faceted London Blue Topaz set at the bottom of a sterling teardrop frame. This is the largest stone of the three pendants shown. While still an elegant in size, it stands out more dramatically because of both the larger stone and setting. $460. 18″ sterling snake chain included.

Next week, I’ll introduce you to two cool new jackets from California’s Color Me Cotton. One is the first of three styles of their super popular tapestry jackets. The other is a very cool cotton zip jacket! Stay tuned!

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Thanks everyone, and hope to see you soon!

Manya

Peridot Jewelry Plus Party Time

Peridot jewelry is what everyone is looking for these days. Not only is it the birthstone for all you August birthdays, but it is also a beautiful shade of green.

Peridot jewelry starts with the raw uncut gemstones
Raw, uncut peridot stones

Background of Peridot

Called “the extreme gem” by the Gemological Institute of America, Peridot is born of fire and brought to light, one of only two gems (Diamond is the other) formed not in the Earth’s crust, but in molten rock of the upper mantle and brought to the surface by the tremendous forces of earthquakes and volcanoes. While these Peridots are born of Earth, other crystals of Peridot have extraterrestrial origins, found in rare pallasite meteorites (only 61 known to date) formed some 4.5 billion years ago, remnants of our solar system’s birth. Peridot in its basic form, Olivine, was also found in comet dust brought back from the Stardust robotic space probe in 2006, has been discovered on the moon, and detected by instrument on Mars by NASA’s Global Surveyor. Ancients believed, quite accurately, that Peridot was ejected to Earth by a sun’s explosion and carries its healing power.

Artists Make Beautiful Peridot Jewelry

Peridot jewelry takes form by artisan Bill Booze
Stunning peridot set by Bill Booze

Many of you are aware of Bill Booze, our master faceter. Bill takes the raw stones, as in the photo at the top. He carves off each and every ledge, or facet, to bring out the maximum beauty of the stones. And did I mention how much they sparkle? Bill carves extra facets underneath to get crazy amounts of sparkle. No two alike, and this necklace and earring set here, in its unusual setting, is a perfect example. $700 for pendant, chain and earrings. (It goes up to $900 in September.)

Peridot Jewelry – Rings!

Peridot jewelry ring in sterling silver by Bill Booze
Two views of a peridot ring



Here are two views of the same ring. This is another incredible peridot featuring the masterful faceting of Bill Booze. It is a large stone weighing in at 5.3 carats. It’s very clear and a yummy shade of green. Currently sized at 7, we can make it your size within 2 weeks. $600.

Peridot jewelry in 14k yellow gold
AAA grade Peridot in 14k yellow gold



Go for the gusto with this AAA grade peridot set in 14k yellow gold. This one is the most amazing peridot I’ve ever seen. The color, clarity, size and beauty are a “must see”. This ring is currently size 6 1/4, but we can make it any size you need within 2 weeks.  $900.

More Artisan Peridot Jewelry

Peridot jewelry by Shari Both Jewelry Design
Unique Peridot jewelry by Shari Both

Long-time MaJe artist, and occasional shop girl Shari Both has been making powerful feminine jewelry for many years now. This peridot set is part of her current collection, which can be found on her very own page right here on this website.  This necklace is currently in stock. $110. Shari will make the earrings when you order, to be ready in 10 days. Click here to purchase.

IT’S PARTY TIME!

party time at MaJe Gallery this week

Mark your calendars! Our End-of-Summer Trunk Show is coming!

  • Date: Wednesday, August 23
  • Time: 5 – 8 pm
  • Where: MaJe Gallery, 409 Main St, Edmonds
  • What: Our sales rep will be here with winter and holiday samples from both Testimony Los Angeles and Zen Knits.

How it works:

  1. Look through the samples.
  2. Find what you want.
  3. Manya will order it in your size.
  4. Pay at 25% deposit.
  5. Most items will arrive the first week of November.

Until then, stay in the know by following us on Facebook!

Cute Spring Outfit and Jewelry

Easy elegance is what you find at MaJe Gallery, and our cute spring outfit and jewelry is just one example.

Cute spring outfit and jewelry by Testimony and Manya Vee
Cute black and white outfit with jewelry

The classic styling of black and white never goes out of style. Bring it into the 21st century with this great combo from four American designers. Testimony’s Victorian jacket in asphalt, a mineral wash black, looks and feels great (purchase below next photo). The Color Me Cotton white bamboo tank top sets the stage for a four-layer Manya Vee Jewelry original necklace set. On the bottom, the Angelrox playsuit is leggings with a skirt, adding another dimension to the layered effect. Looking great was never this easy.

Cute spring outfit like the Testimony Victorian jacket in asphalt
A front and back close up

Here’s a closer look at the ever-popular Victorian jacket from Testimony. Made of the highest quality French terry (94% cotton, 6% spandex), it is soft and flexible, as well as machine washable. Paired here with Testimony’s Pocket Pants in the same fabric, these boot cut pants are a hit with everyone who purchases a pair.

Cute spring outfit get the perfect finish with Manya Vee Jewelry's black and white four-layer necklace set.
Close up of Manya’s jewelry

Here’s a closer view of the four necklaces in Manya’s black and white series. The lengths are 32″, 26″, 20″ and adjustable 16″ – 19″.  This combo looks great on white (shown), black, or any solid color, making it exceptionally versatile. Available as a group or separately. Coordinating earrings also available.

Citrine Jewelry

Cute spring outfit need citrine jewelry
Cheerful citrine pendant and earrings

The magnificent art of Bill Booze brings us a citrine collection this month. A large teardrop pendant glows with the radiance of a sunny day, casting sparkly joy on all it sees. Set in sterling, it is among the most charming pendants you’ll see. The coordinating stud earrings are a bit more pale, yet due to Bill’s skill with faceting, throw sparkles all around the room.

cute spring outfit need a sparkly citrine ring to show them off
Oval citrine ring

A large faceted citrine oval glistens as the light catches the many facets created by master faceter Bill Booze. Set in sterling, this beautiful stone is simply set to best show off the beauty of the stone.

Simple style leads to your cute spring outfit and jewelry every time. Find it at MaJe Gallery!

New deliveries happen almost daily. Be the first to see what’s new so you don’t miss out. Most of our items are one-of-a-kind, or at least one per size. That’s the beauty of working with small studios all across America! Stay in touch by following us on Facebook!

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Newest Jewelry Trends 2017

Find the newest jewelry trends at MaJe Gallery, along with some contemporary heirloom designs.

Newest Jewelry Trends                  Sophisticated and Small

Newest jewelry trends include sterling shapes and textures by Ellen VanMansvelt
Sterling shapes and textures by Ellen VanMansvelt

Contemporary sterling shapes feature a sophisticated brushed texture in a light-weight design for easy-to-wear style. Traveling? Choose one of these to take along and you can leave all other earrings home. At just $36 each, stop by to select your favorite pair today. Made in North Carolina by Ellen VanMansvelt. Indicate the shape(s) you want upon ordering.

Newest Jewelry Trends – Long Necklaces

Newest jewelry trends like these affirming words on a 32" chain
Affirmation words with a gemstone and a 32″ chain

We’re seeing more and more of the long, 32″ necklaces these days, and these charming ones feature an affirming word and a gemstone. A great gift for a special occasion, or a personal treat when you need a pick-me-up. Choose from words like mindful, thrive, dream, dance, peace and worthy. Made in Florida by Elayne Koenigsburg. Just $19.95.

New Jewelry Trends in Aquamarine – March Birthstone

New jewelry trends like this spectacular aquamarine ring in 14k gold
Spectacular faceted aquamarine set in 14k gold

Finding aquamarines in this gorgeous shade of blue is becoming more and more difficult as they are harder to acquire due to over-mining. Our master faceted, Bill Booze, brought this out from his back stock, having purchased it over 20 years ago. The stunning color is enhanced by his masterful faceting techniques, resulting in a sparkling beauty that’s perfect for a very special March birthstone gift. Set in 14k yellow gold, the simple setting lets the stone show off its magic.

Newest jewelry trends like this wide sterling band with aquamarine cabochon
Wide sterling band with aquamarine cabochon

For those who prefer a softer look, this lovely aquamarine cabochon is set in a wide band sterling ring by Bonnie AuBuchon of Lynnwood. Currently sized for a 6 1/2 size finger, this can also be re-sized just for you. In addition, we have several additional rings with aquamarine cabochons in store for you to enjoy. Priced $125 – $150.

In other news…

New jewelry trends also enjoy new paintings
Alleviate winter blues with this cheerful painting

Award-winning collage artist Donna Jean Perry just delivered a new collection that includes this vibrant happy feast, “Marigold Sky.” Matted and framed it measures 31″ x 25″ and is ready to hang. $595.

Outfit of the week featuring Angelrox Clothing
Outfit of the week

Our outfit of the week features the funky styles of Maine’s Angelrox. The “Hi-Line” top is long and flowing, and fits everyone from size 4 to 16. Shown here in “sky”, it is available in many other colors. Stop by to see fabric swatches and select your favorite. Don’t believe me about it fitting a wide range of sizes? Check it out…

Angelrox designs for size 16
Same top on a size 16 gal

Yes, it is exactly the same top. Wear it with flair regardless of your size! Each of these models has paired it with the black bamboo “playsuit”, which is leggings with an attached skirt. Currently available in all sizes 4 – 16. Stop by to try it on yourself, or just go for it and order immediately. In this photo, the model is also wearing the “Circle Vest,” making it a different look yet. The Circle Vest is also available in over 40 colors, including the one shown here and in store which is a subtle stripe in “ocean”. To order the leggings, go to the previous button beneath the HiLine top without the vest.

Shari Both Jewelry Design

Don’t miss our newest page on our website devoted exclusively to Shari Both Jewelry Design. New pieces are added regularly, and right now, here’s one of the necklaces you’ll find there:

Shari Both Jewelry Design red jade necklace
Red Jade meets tourmaline and rhodocrosite in this 28″ beauty.

What a great color this red jade is! The hand-made pendant is really cool, too, the way Shari intertwined gemstones right into the twist. Get this by clicking on her page.

Lots of new clothing and jewelry is arriving in the coming weeks. Be the first to find out about our deliveries by following us on Facebook!

 

Our New Spring Coats Add Pizzazz to Your Wardrobe

Here in the northwest, at least half our closet is full of jackets or sweaters of one type or another. Our new spring coats add pizzazz to your collection, giving you an excellent excuse to toss those that just don’t cut it anymore.

New Spring Coats

Cute Coats like this gray cotton jacket paired with a bamboo tank and capri leggings
Easy Elegance Defined
Cute coats like this have nice features on the back
Reverse view of the jacket

Need a bit more warmth than a light cotton jacket? Go for this stylish elegant polar fleece from our new spring coats.

New spring jackets add pizzazz like this reversible fleece coat

Lightweight and reversible, warm yet breathable

This high quality fleece is excellent for the northwest. Subtle colors of turquoise and gray in a reversible style give it versatility. It has pockets on BOTH sides. It’s machine washable and weighs next to nothing, and it won’t wrinkle either. Take it traveling and use it as your blanket on the airplane. Just $190 and available in SEVEN color combos. Stop by to see our swatches and order yours today, in sizes XS – XL. There’s one in stock right now in size MEDIUM, which is quite generous. It will fit anyone sizes 10 – 14.

New spring coats add pizzazz like this cotton sweater in reversible black and gray plaid
A car-coat length sweater of 100% cotton

Another choice from our new spring coats is this longer sweater coat that stops a few inches above the knee, yet is an excellent medium weight that’s perfect for northwest spring weather. And it’s reversible, too, adding some nice versatility to your wardrobe. Shown here in black and gray, it’s also available in a charming fuschia and black for those who want some color. Just $175 and machine washable. I have it now in a generous size small, which will fit anyone size 6 – 10 nicely. I can easily order other sizes – just let me know!

Amethyst – January’s Birthstone

It’s February now, which means that AMETHYST is the birthstone of the month. MaJe Gallery has the finest amethysts in the world in a wide selection of pendants, earrings and rings. Our master faceter, Bill Booze, purchased amethyst stones in the rough from the guy who owned the mine over 30 years ago.  First off, finding amethysts this large to facet is a rare feat in and of itself. Then, adding Bill’s over 30 years honing his skill as a faceter leads to the most mesmerizing results. You won’t find this quality even in the finest jewelry stores near you – only at MaJe Gallery.

In addition to cute spring coats, we have the finest amethysts in the world for sale at MaJe Gallery
Two views of a Four Peaks Mine amethyst faceted by Bill Booze

Here are two views of a 12 carat Four Peaks Mine amethyst, hand-faceted by the master, Bill Booze. Rich, deep hues of purple are characterized by flashes of red and magenta, giving lots of life and beauty to the stone. Finding a 12-carat amethyst without clear or white inclusions is rare enough, but add Bill’s skillful faceting to the mix and you’ve got yourself a gemstone to treasure for the rest of your life. And then, of course, to pass down to your kids. No chain included. Set in sterling silver.

In addition to cute spring coats, January's birthstone of amethyst - find the hibhest quality stones at MaJe Gallery
Rich, deep purple hues set this amethyst apart

Here’s another lively example of an amethyst from the Four Peaks Mine in Arizona, which produces the highest quality amethysts in the world. You can only find these amethysts in this size at MaJe Gallery in Edmonds. Faceted by our master, Bill Booze, these are true treasures to be enjoyed for years, and then passed on to your kids. This sterling silver ring, along with others and many pendants and earrings as well, can be found at MaJe Gallery. Stop by and see them all! Let us know your ring size upon ordering.

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Beautiful Garnet Jewelry for January Birthdays

Born in January? Then it’s time to treat yourself to some truly beautiful garnet jewelry to celebrate your birth month. Choose MaJe’s unique, artisan garnet jewelry to mark the occasion – jewelry as distinctive as you!

Beautiful Garnet Jewelry in Silver

Beautiful garnet jewelry like this unique necklace featuring five hand-faceted sparkly garnets by Bill Booze.
Classic Garnet Jewelry Fit For a Queen

Our top choice for beautiful garnet jewelry is by Bill Booze. A master faceter, Bill selects top grade stones that are still rough, and carves off each little ledge, each facet, to capture the most intense color and sparkle possible in each stone. After honing his skill for over 30 years, Bill’s stones are unrivaled in depth of color and perfection.

Bill usually focuses on a single stone in a pendant, or a pair in earrings. This five-stone necklace is a rare treat due to not only the perfectly matched stones, but also the classical elegant design that you might find on the queen in a period movie. Think of the jewelry in “Elizabeth” or “Titanic”, and you’ll be reminded of the feminine power of the jewelry of that time. Now you can own it yourself!

Beautiful garnet jewelry fits the January birthday girl.
Two pairs of intensely red garnet earrings

These photos show the intense shade of red in the hand-faceted beautiful garnet jewelry by Bill Booze. Whether you prefer a little dangle or a simple stud, we’ve got you covered with a stunning example of high quality garnet jewelry.  By the way, garnet is also the stone for one’s second wedding anniversary.

Beautiful garnet jewelry like this classic swing necklace from Ed Levin.
This classic swing necklace by Ed Levin features a garnet for January birthdays.

Ed Levin has been making modern heirloom jewelry in New York for over 60 years. This unusual necklace can be worn as shown, which is perfect for all your V-neck tops. But you also have scoop neck tops in your closet, in which case you can simply “swing” the necklace around so it forms a “U” that fits perfectly with your scoop neck tops!

Beautiful Garnet Jewelry in Gold

Beautiful garnet jewelry with gold-fill metal by Shari Both creates a regal effect.
Garnet with gold, by Shari Both

Maybe you’ve met Shari. She works the gallery every other Wednesday, and has been with us since the earliest of days. Have you ever noticed our lovely sunshine walls? Shari helped paint those before we even opened our doors! In addition to excellent painting skills, Shari has been a jewelry designer for even longer. Inspired by antique jewelry and the elegance of times past, Shari updates that mood with wire and gemstones to create gorgeous pieces like this one here which she brought just last Wednesday when she was working the floor.

You’ll see the beautiful deep red garnets dangling from the gold-fill four-petal flower she created herself out of wire, but what are the charming pink stones there too? Lovely pink tourmaline accents add a note of depth to this unusual and charming necklace that is now available at MaJe Gallery.

Find additional pieces of unique garnet jewelry here.

New From Christophe Poly

Christophe Poly rings are a popular find at MaJe Gallery
Five new rings from Christophe Poly

Christophe Poly studied architecture in college, then fell in love with the small scale of jewelry sculpture. He continually creates his highly affordable jewelry which is so irresistible that we find ourselves ordering new collections every 5-6 weeks. To tempt you, these lovelies just arrived, with each ring at a mere $34 each. Available in sizes 5 – 10, you simply must stop by to try them on to find the right one for you. You might not be able to stop at one.

Christophe Poly necklace and earring set in brushed silver and aqua
Christophe Poly set in brushed silver and aqua

This necklace and earring set is available separately or as a set. (UPDATE! The necklace sold, but the earrings are still available.) Featuring brushed aluminum and aqua blue cats eye, the interesting square shapes and moving dangles catch the eye. On a 17″ double strand cable with a magnetic clasp, it’s easy to wear. The earrings feature sterling silver shepherd hooks.

Christophe Poly necklace set in brushed bronze with dark gray
Christophe Poly necklace set in brushed bronze with dark gray

The second new set features brushed bronze with an accent of brushed aluminum and a stone of dark gray cats eye. While available separately, the pair coordinates perfectly for a cohesive look when called for. Like above, this is a 17″ double cable necklace with a magnetic clasp, while the earrings are on sterling shepherd hooks.

Christophe Poly necklace and earring set with red accents
Christophe Poly set with red stones

Our final set features mostly brushed aluminum with a touch of brushed bronze and red accent stones that are the perfect shade of red – not too orange, not too blue.  As usual, this is on the 17″ double cable wire with magnetic clasp while the earrings feature sterling shepherd hooks.

New arrivals show up regularly! Be first to know what’s new so you don’t miss out on exactly the item you want: Follow us on Facebook!

Cheerful Colors Cheers Us Up In Dreary January

Cheerful colors are good medicine for these dark, dreary days of January. We got some colorful deliveries last week I want to share with you.

Cheerful Colors On Your Table

Cheerful colors like turquoise fused glass trays are a perfect antidote to winter blues
Cheerful turquoise fused glass trays cheer up your table

Renton’s Linda Covey-Campbell just delivered these colorful, contemporary dishes – the perfect antidote to an otherwise dreary tabletop. Fill each one up with cheese, crackers, veggie sticks or whatever you can think of. At top left we have a 10″ square dish in two shades of turquoise with a custom-made glass “pebble” inset and three black dots in the corner, resulting in a sleek design with clean lines. Just $63. At top right we have a pair of 5″ square dishes at $16 each that coordinate beautifully with the big square which can be used for small tasty treats that compliment what’s on the big dish.

Go for the gusto and add the 7″ x 15″ tray ($58) which is perfect for all kinds of yummy treats. Watch the turquoise appear as the treats disappear. Get all four dishes for $160.

Cheerful Colors on You

Cheerful colors like this periwinkle top cheer you up when you wear it.
Everybody loves periwinkle!

Cheerful colors like periwinkle are a favorite of many because it’s so pleasing to the eye and looks good on so many skin tones. This flattering tunic has long sleeves and a cowl neck with a delicate flair at the torso making it not overly flowy. It has a straight edge hem all the way around. I paired it here with our popular bamboo leggings with the attached skirt which is super comfortable. Better not wait too long because I think these will sell out fast!(Update 1/16 – yep, they all sold out. Hope to get more soon. Stay tuned!)

Cheerful colors like seafoam in this coordinating jacket and top
Cheerful seafoam jacket and coordinating top

Cheerful colors like seafoam are popular too. The solid jacket is hip length with a zip closure, excellent pockets and even a hood. The print top coordinates perfectly because they were dyed in the same dye lot. The top has 3/4 sleeves and an assymetrical hem and V-neck. Both are cotton with spandex which means they’ll be easy to wash and care for in addition to feeling great on your body.

Cheerful Colors like Garnet

It’s January which means our birthstone this month is garnet, and we have some gorgeous selections from which you may choose your favorite.

Cheerful colors like garnet is also January's birthstone
Garnet is January’s birthstone

Check out this one-of-a-kind hammered sterling ring by Lynnwood’s Bonnie AuBuchon. It features a faceted garnet in a deep red hue that catches the light beautifully. Currently sized at a 10, it can be re-sized just for you. $90.

Cheerful colors like garnet make great jewelry for January birthday girls.
Faceted garnet in a sterling teardrop pendant

The depth of color in this beautiful garnet is enhanced by the additional facets carved on the underside of the stone by our master faceter – Bill Booze. Bill has been honing his faceting skills for over 30 years now, and can capture the most beautiful aspects of his A-grade stones so masterfully. Since he’s also a metalsmith, he sets the stones, too, usually in simple settings to best show off the stone. Here we have a sterling teardrop setting with the garnet nestled at the base for an interesting, contemporary look.

Style Tip – Choose The Right Jewelry

Here’s another tip in our ongoing series about choosing the right jewelry for your outfit. We’re looking at our periwinkle top with its interesting texture of undulating lines and puckers.

When choosing jewelry consider the texture and neckline
Shape and line mimic the texture of the top

There’s room for a 16″ – 19″ necklace in this top which features a shallow scoop neckline. First, mimic the shallow scoop by choosing a necklace that is also a scoop shape as opposed to a pendant that would change the shape to a “V”. Second, find something with undulating lines such as this interesting piece by Lizzy James, which also has interspersed shapes that are very similar to the shapes in the top itself. What could be more perfect?

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What’s New This Week at MaJe

New this week at MaJe is the Leona jacket from Testimony Los Angeles
The Leona Jacket, front and back view

New this week at MaJe Gallery is another awesome jacket from Testimony Los Angeles – the Leona. Made with their high quality French terry (94% cotton, 6% spandex), it looks like suede, but is soft and flowy – and machine washable. This jacket buttons at the collar and features two big pockets. Notice the detailing on the back too.

Update as of 9/30: These are now sold out! Sorry! If you still want one, let me know and I’ll do my best to get it.

New this week at MaJe is the Leona jacket, shown here unbuttoned.
The Leona jacket – unbuttoned

Here’s another shot of it unbuttoned, revealing sassy flowing lines in front.

ColorMeCotton top with wavy stripes of black and white
Here’s a great transition top from summer to fall

Also new this week is this super soft, flowy and flattering top from California’s Color Me Cotton. The unusual fabric feels amazing on the skin. The cut hides all those imperfections in our middle region. It’s long enough to cover the butt in the back. Pairs well with jeans, black pants or tights, or even a long black skirt as shown here.

New This Week at MaJe: Some Fabulous Jewelry!

New this week is this silver beaded necklace
A silver necklace with similar texture makes a perfect finishing piece

Having trouble figuring out what piece of jewelry to wear? In this case, we found a beaded silver necklace that’s perfect. The beads have a wavy texture, just like the top. The silver color continues the neutral theme of the top. The different shapes add interest without overpowering anything. The length is also good, meeting halfway between the chin and the bottom of the neckline. (Update 11/7: Sorry, but this necklace has found a home.)

Stay tuned for more tips on how to build your very own versatile jewelry collection! I’ll be offering more tips in future posts here.

In the meantime, here is more new jewelry!

New this week are these faceted gem earrings by Bill Booze
Two new pairs of striking earrings by Bill Booze

Rich hues are also new this week at MaJe, found in these lovely new earrings by Bill Booze. As you may recall, Bill is a master faceter. That means he buys stones rough, and carefully carves off each little ledge to create every facet. His more than thirty years of experience means 1) his stones are very high quality and 2) his skill brings out maximum sparkle.

On the left we have rhodolite garnets set in sterling silver. On the right is a pair of amethysts from the Four Peaks mine in Arizona with their characteristic deep hue filled with lively red and magenta flashes as the light hits them. These are also set in sterling silver.

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New Fall Gear For You

New fall gear like the Cape Blouse in Ruby
The “Cape Blouse” in the new fall color “ruby.”

Our new fall gear includes the Cape Blouse from Testimony Los Angeles, which is one of our biggest success stories. Now it’s available in this lovely “ruby” color for fall/winter. Beneath, it’s a sheath dress. Attached is a drapey overlay that’s longer in the back. That overlay is the magic piece, hiding all the extra bits in the middle that you want to hide. The 3/4 sleeves are perfect.

Fall Gear like the Cape Blouse can be worn in a variety of ways
Two more ways to wear the Cape Blouse

Check out these two additional ways to wear the Cape Blouse. On the left, Manya’s wearing it with capri leggings and strappy sandals. On the right, a model pairs it with Testimony’s Elegant Trousers. Another great look is with black boots in the winter.

Fall Gear – Jewelry

Fall Gear includes these lovely new pendants
Trio of new pendants to add a spark of interest to your fall wardrobe

Jewelry is a great way to complete an outfit, bring it all together. These three new pendants from Seattle’s Jem’s Jewelry might be just the thing. Paired with the ever-growing popularity of gold-tone jewelry, we have a gorgeous labradorite on the left that flashes blues as the light hits it. Same with the Rainbow Moonstone in the center. The abalone on the right reveals blues, purples, magentas and grays depending on how the light hits it. The abalone one has already sold. Mesmerizing. All are on 18″ gold-plated chains.  $65 – $75.

Fall Gear includes these little drops of color
Single Gem Drops by Shari Both

Shari Both takes care of our ears with her newest selection of single gem drops in some mouth-watering colors. Sterling silver wire on genuine gemstones. $32 – $34. Stop by to see additional options!

Fall Gear for Seahawk fans - a peridot and London Blue Topaz ring!
Peridot and London Blue Topaz ring for your favorite Seahawk fan

Hard-core Seahawk fans will jump at the chance to get this peridot and London Blue Topaz ring! Hand-faceted by our master, Bill Booze, the stones sparkle like crazy! Set in sterling silver, this ring is gorgeous even if you aren’t into football. Blue and green always look great together. Current size is 6 1/2. Not your size? Don’t worry – tell us your size and we’ll make it happen.

Fall Gear For Home

Ever hopeful gardeners eagerly await the ripening of their tomatoes this fall
Red Tomatoes II – a new painting by Suzanne deCillia

Fall also means harvest! Hopefully, many of you will have beautiful tomatoes on your vines as the summer wanes. These beauties were captured by Snohomish artist Suzanne deCillia. Acrylic on canvas and beautifully framed, it measures 24″ x 28″. $400.

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